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Larsson, David, 2012. Möjligheter att förutsäga kvävegödslingsbehov i höstvete med Yara N-tester. Second cycle, A1E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Soil and Environment



The Yara N-Tester is a handheld chlorophyll meter which can be used in several different
crops as an aid to determine if there is a need of complementary fertilization with nitrogen
(N) or not. If the crop requires more N the N-Tester will recommend an amount in kg per ha.
The possibility to assess the need of N depends on the strong relation that exists between
chlorophyll- and N-concentration in the leaves of plants. In the multiannual trial series
“Nitrogen to winter wheat at different soil conditions” measurements with the N-Tester was
carried out at flag leaf emergence (GS 37). In this work the result of measurements, the NTesters
ability to estimate the need of N in winter wheat, will be presented for the years
2008-2011. The relation between the measurement value and the actual need of N is highly
affected by current weather such as temperature and precipitation and the strongest
correlation value was found in year 2010 (r2=0.68) and the weakest in 2011 (r2=0.26). When
the recommendations differ from the actual need they are often too high. In addition to the
compilation of field trial data farmers and advisers have been interviewed. The
questionnaire was about the N-Tester as a tool and its reliability when it comes to estimating
the need of N in winter wheat. Generally interviewed farmers are satisfied with the N-Tester
even though some find it to overestimate the N-need. Advisers’ attitudes are more negative
and many question the relation between measurement value and actual N-need.

Main title:Möjligheter att förutsäga kvävegödslingsbehov i höstvete med Yara N-tester
Authors:Larsson, David
Supervisor:Delin, Sofia
Examiner:Stenberg, Bo
Series:Examensarbeten / Institutionen för mark och miljö, SLU
Volume/Sequential designation:2012:17
Year of Publication:2012
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A1E
Student's programme affiliation:NY003 Agricultural Programme - Soil/Plant 270 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
Keywords:N-Tester, klorofyllmätare, kvävegödsling, höstvete, precisionsodling
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural research
Plant physiology - Nutrition
Deposited On:20 Dec 2012 16:29
Metadata Last Modified:20 Dec 2012 16:29

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